Lectures and events

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society: The Legends of White Bear Lake

This program will include an exploration of the legends of White Bear Lake, how they came to be, and how they have evolved over the years. November 28, 2022Monday, 6:00 PMTuition: FREELocation: White Bear Lake Area Historical Society

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society Lecture Series with David Mather

This immersive lecture series organized by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society will explore the history of bear ceremonialism from a local, statewide, and global perspective. Session 1: A global look at bear ceremonialism and the ways it has been manifested around the world and for what purposes. November 7, 2022Monday, 7:00–8:00 PMTuition: FREELocation:…

Ramsey County Library: White Bear Lake Kids Library Family Storytime – Nighttime Sky

Join us for a special “stellar” storytime. We’ll read stories, sing songs, and do a fun craft about the moon and stars. This program is in partnership with WBCA and the NEA Big Read program. September 23, 2022Friday, 10:30–11:30 AMNo registration requiredLocation: Ramsey County Library: White Bear Lake BranchTuition: Free Age/Level: ages 2–5 and caregivers

Creative Writing at Mahtomedi Middle School

Instructor: Karen Parkman The writing activities in this class will draw from age-appropriate topics in The Bear, including: dream journaling, writing the future, writing inspired by nature, personal mythologies, and more. Writers of all genres and skill levels are welcome. Students should bring a writing utensil or laptop to write with. October 13–November 34 Thursdays,…

NEA Big Read Book Discussions

Join White Bear Center for the Arts for an in-depth discussion of The Bear at these in-person book discussions throughout the community. You’ll be invited to connect with other readers, and share your thoughts and impressions of the book. A facilitator will be present to help guide conversation and foster connection. Ramsey County Library: White…

GS21 – SPRAYFiNGER with Peyton Scott Russell Opening Reception

Join us for the opening reception of SPRAYFiNGER, happening at WBCA on September 29 from 5:00-7:00 PM (please note the time change). Celebrate the opening with the artists of SPRAYFiNGER! Create a spray-and-take art project, and enjoy pizza from the woodfire oven. Art lovers of all ages are encouraged to attend this event.​​​​​​​ September 29,…

BR11 – Draw Nature In: Mindful Drawing and Watercolors Outdoors

Instructor: Dallas Rising In this half-day workshop, we’ll bring our sketchbooks outside and slow down to focus deeply on our senses. Whether you’re an experienced artist or a novice, we’ll bring a beginner’s mind to this practice as we discover patterns, textures, and lines that surprise and delight in their perfect imperfection. Supply List September…

BR03 – Northern Winter Traditions: A Solstice Workshop

BR03 – Northern Winter Traditions: A Solstice Workshop Instructor: Gigi Stafne Explore winter elements, foods and herbs in this workshop with national instructor, Gigi Stafne. In the spirit of The Bear by Andrew Krivak, a story which emphasizes the cycles of the seasons and an awareness of local plants, animals, medicines and foods, participants will…

GS25 – Members’ Exhibition Reception and Holiday Party

GS25 – Members’ Exhibition Reception and Holiday Party Celebrate WBCA members. Join us for the Members’ Exhibition and Holiday Party where you can view the Members’ Exhibition on display in the Ford Family Gallery, visit with artists, listen to live music, and have fun. All are welcome to this free event. December 1, 2022 Thursday,…

GS22 – PAI (Phoenix Alternatives, Inc.) Opening Reception

GS22 – PAI (Phoenix Alternatives, Inc.) Opening Reception Celebrate the artwork of PAI artists during this exhibition, opening in November in WBCA’s Studio Hall. PAI is a local organization serving people with developmental disabilities. In collaboration with WBCA, PAI artists have been refining their skills for over four years to learn a variety of art…

BR13 – Nature Close Up

BR13 – Nature Close Up Instructor : Ann Solyst Take time to smell the roses in this meditative nature sketching class. With pencil and paper, venture into the great outdoors and sketch the veins in a leaf, or the repeated pattern of flower petals. This class will encourage you to notice those subtle differences that…

BR12 – Inspiration from Trees (CANCELLED)

BR12 – Inspiration from Trees Instructor : Annie Hejny Join Annie Hejny for this special tree-inspired abstract art workshop. In the morning, Hejny will guide a Forest Bathing walk for sensory awareness and tree connection. While outside, students will take photos on their phones to inspire abstract compositions. Returning to the classroom after lunch, students will…

GS29 – Fall Into Color Opening Reception

GS29 – Fall Into Color Opening Reception With over 350 members, the Minnesota Watercolor Society (MNWS) is one of the largest associations of watercolor artists in the Midwest. Since its inception in 1983, MNWS membership has provided educational information, support and encouragement to many artists. This exhibition provides the opportunity for MNWS artists to display…